Journey to the Holy Land

Lakesider reflects on traveling through Jordan, Part 1

Guest Blogger: Hilary McCune Hilary McCune, a Lakesider who was a part of the Holy Land trip, spent two extra days in the Holy Land to explore Jordan and all it has to offer. At the end of our tour of Israel, we said heartfelt goodbyes to half of our traveling companions as they returned […]

Read More

Lakesider reflects on traveling through Jordan, Part 3

Guest Blogger: Hilary McCune Hilary McCune, a Lakesider who was a part of the Holy Land trip, spent two extra days in the Holy Land to explore Jordan and all it has to offer. Our third day in Jordan began with a slow morning to enjoy the Dead Sea or take advantage of the Crowne […]

Read More

Lakesider reflects on traveling through Jordan, Part 2

Guest Blogger: Hilary McCune Hilary McCune, a Lakesider who was a part of the Holy Land trip, spent two extra days in the Holy Land to explore Jordan and all it has to offer. On Day two of our tour of Jordan, we set out early for our trip to Petra and back. Our day […]

Read More

Day 8: From the Mount of Olives

Staff Blogger: Gretchen Colón, Vice President of Advancement & Communications *This blog was written by Gretchen Colón on Friday, Feb. 16 local time The bus dropped us off at the very top of the Mount of Olives, which is adjacent from the Old City of Jerusalem. It was cold and windy at the top, but […]

Read More

Day 7: Nablus in the West Bank

Staff Blogger: Gretchen Colón, Vice President of Advancement & Communications *This blog was written by Gretchen Colón on Friday, Feb. 16 local time Our trip began in on northern end of the West Bank of the Jordan River overlooking the city of Nablus. From our viewpoint, we were able to see Jacob’s Well, where Jesus […]

Read More

Day 6: Magdala

Staff Blogger: Gretchen Colón, Vice President of Advancement & Communications *This blog was written by Gretchen Colón on Thursday, Feb. 15 local time. The beautiful and ancient city of Magdala sits just at the base of the Mount Arbel and was discovered in 2006 A.D. Because it had been covered for so long, it is […]

Read More

Our EO Leader, FJ

Staff Blogger: Gretchen Colón, Vice President of Advancement & Communications As we continue our travel, I pause with gratitude for our EO trip leader, FJ. We met FJ at the airport when we arrived in Israel – many of us for the first time. FJ greeted us with the warmest hospitality and he had a smile […]

Read More

Day 5: Cana

Staff Blogger: Gretchen Colón, Vice President of Advancement & Communications *This blog was written by Gretchen Colón on Wednesday, Feb. 14 local time. We began the morning with the story of the wedding at Cana. We walked down a narrow street that was lined with fresh fruit markets and saw the church that remembers the […]

Read More

Day 4: Caesarea, A Magnificent City

Staff Blogger: Gretchen Colón, Vice President of Advancement & Communications *This blog was written by Gretchen Colón on Tuesday, Feb. 13 local time. Today was a day at the sea! Caesarea, a beautiful city on the Mediterranean coast, was a gift to Herod the Great and took more than 12 years to complete. As we […]

Read More

Bethlehem, House of Bread

Staff Blogger: Gretchen Colón, Vice President of Advancement & Communications *This blog was written by Gretchen Colón on Monday, Feb. 12 local time. Our second day of learning and exploring we head to Bethlehem, which in Hebrew translates to ‘house of bread.’ We boarded our charter bus and after admiring how our driver maneuvered through […]

Read More